Rumours are circulating that the bus station when demolished could be sold to high street brand John Lewis.
John Lewis have been keen on a site in Preston for over a decade but with the fail of Tithebarn, their inclusion in Preston’s shopping zone seemed to disappear, but a large plot of land ready for development could tempt the retail giant to enter negotiations with Preston City Council forcing a relocation of the planned new bus station or inclusion within the new shopping mecca.
Preston Bus Station is at the heart of a fierce battle with local campaigners fighting to save the ionic structure which has been subject to a bid by local business tycoon Simon Rigby which is set to be rejected later this week.
Preston City Council argue that the cost of a new station would be far more beneficial than the cost of refurbishment of the existing structure, but the latest rumours suggest that this could be a smokescreen for what is really the planned inclusion of the retail giant in Preston.
The building is set to be recommended for listing by English Heritage which has already been subject of 2 failed bids, but it is widely though that it will be third time lucky for the station, with growing support in Westminster for the building.
The saga will continue, but what the residents of Preston prefer and icon of a shop?